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Les Arcs 1600 ski Chalets at night

Arc 1600 ski school

Les Arc 1600 is nickname 'the pioneer' as it was the original Les Arcs ski resort. It is a small pedestrian only village with hotels, restaurants and a small number of shops. It has a quiet village atmosphere, a lovely sun terrace and is ideal for young families.  Arc 1600 can be accessed by the funiculaire from Bourg Saint Maurice in only 8 minutes which offers easy access to a popular local town during your stay.


Les Arcs has some of the best skiing terrain in the world for every ability.  This makes it an ideal place to take ski lessons.  There are perfect beginner lesson slopes, offering lots of mileage and gentle progression.  Intermediate skier lessons have a wide choice of tree lined runs or swooping high altitude pistes.  Advanced ski lessons will be challenged by the steep black runs, to the 'nature' unpisted runs, moguls and limitless off piste skiing opportunities. 


Les Arcs is a fun loving resort, it has a good snowpark with progressive jumps and rails.  Les Arcs offers skier cross, boarder cross, speed skiing and other attractions on snow attractions aimed at all the family.


Les Arcs lift company ADS has made a huge investment (40 million euros) recently in infrastructure with new modern lifts, beginner areas, new slopes and facilities on and off snow.

Les Arcs 1600 ski slopes

Arc 1600 ski lessons


Arc 1600 has a wide variety of pistes for ski lessons spanning from the beautiful blues of Belvedere and Mont Blanc to the challenging steep red of Cachette, running parallel to the race piste and incredible off piste terrain through the rugged forest of Malgovert.  Our ski lessons normally meet at the bottom of the Cachette chair for anyone but absolute beginners.  Click here for our suggested lesson meeting points.




We would encourage absolute beginner skiers to use either 1800 or Arc 2000 for their initial lessons as the beginner slopes are ideal.  This involves a 15 minute bus ride to reach either resort. Once the beginner is able to descend a gentle blue run then it is possible for a beginner to return to Arc 1600 using the Arpette blue run.  Beginner ski lessons in Arc 1600 have a selection of long gentle blue runs that also offer the protection of the forest as well.  The bottom of the cachette piste has an excellent gradient and is wide and spacious, perfect for practising your parallel turns.




Intermediate ski lessons in Arc 1600 have some of the best pistes in Les Arcs to choose.  Cachette, Arolles and the Mont Blanc pistes have long pitches with a variety of gradients to challenge all levels and are great teaching terrain. Arc 1600 has the advantage of being much quieter than some of the other areas of Les Arcs and is therefore great for learning.




Advanced ski lessons in Arc 1600 have one of the most challenging steep mogul runs or a wide choice of off-piste terrain including the fantastic adventure of the Malgovert forest.


Arc 1600 Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the AIM Snowsports Arc 1600 Meeting point?


Our Arc 1600 ski school meeting point can be found here.  We meet at the Cachette chairlift at the bottom of the slopes in Arc 1600, beside the lift hut.

Can you recommend which slopes in Arc 1600 to take on the first morning to warm up?

The "Cachette" chairlift takes  you to the Belvedere run which joins the Arpette run to return to Arc 1600.  This can be easily missed however and you continue along the gentle Belvedere until you reach Arc 1800.

Which ski pass will I need as a beginner in Arc 1600?

There is a beginner lift pass available.  Please speak directly to the lift pass officein Arc 1600 who will best advise you.

Can you recommend a good spot for lunch in Arc 1600?

There is a good selection of restaurants in Arc 1600.  In the small village, there are a range of restaurants to choose including snack bars.  Here are a few of our favourites in ascending budget

Cairn restaurant offer excellent pizzas as well as the some Savoyard dishes amongst others.  

Arcelle offers a small menu for the gourmand skier.

Can you recommend a good Apres ski spot in Arc 1600?


Arc 1600 is more popular for families and is quiet during the evenings generally although the bar in the hotel Cachette​ is often busy and sometimes has live music.

What is there to do for non-skiers or on a bad weather day in Arc 1600?

Arc 1600 has the funicular giving easy access to the town of Bourg Saint Maurice and it's quaint pedestrian high street.

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